FOR two and a half years and 400 posts, I’ve blogged on science fiction on Scyfilove.
In return people have read my words in ever greater numbers, with page views and visits well into the thousands now, for which I will always be grateful.
I even organised a science fiction pub crawl.
But earlier this summer my blogging time dropped to virtually zero. Now I have been away for so long, I’m finding it hard to get back, which has left me scratching my head about what to do next.
I’m laying out my thoughts here to get an idea.
First of all, my boss left at work which means I’ve been promoted, at least temporarily, into a fantastic online job, involving and demanding but rewarding too.
For my blogging , what it means is I have also lost count of the amount of times I’ve seen something and thought I’ll blog on that, only for my new responsibilities to mean I only get to it hours later, by which time everyone and his dog has got there first or I don’t feel like writing anything.
I think this will change as time goes on, but for now, work is taking a lot of my energy and focus (not that it didn’t beforehand, anyone from work reading this! It was just different. Please don’t sack me).
Secondly when I started the blog ages ago, it was just for a laugh. I liked sci-fi and my mate Alison suggested blogging about it, so I did.
Time went on and I learned an awful lot about blogging and blogs, and kicked it up a notch by paying for server space on WordPress – the whole nine yards.
I was still blogging for fun, just more seriously (if that makes sense) and applying a lot of what I learned in my day job, but part of me wondered if writing Scyfilove might open an extra door or two.
But, at the back of my mind, I suppose I always hoped it would lead to something more, maybe even writing for a magazine like SFX or SciFiNow. Unrealistic? Well, I’m an experienced journalist who has a lot of new media skills under his belt too, so it’s not out of the question.
Two years on and I’m still waiting for the call though – or even an opportunity to write a review – so I’m kind of coming to the conclusion it’s not going to happen or I don’t know how to make it happen, and that has sapped some of my motivation to sit down and write a blog post.
That has left me wondering – as I sit before an empty blog screen – how do I shake off this malaise and what do I want to do next?
I still haven’t figured that out, although this is the first proper blog post I’ve written for a while so I guess that is a good start.
Any ideas? (apart from kicking myself up the arse?)